Coinciding with the third Green Postal Day, CEOs of 18 posts worldwide reiterate their commitment to contribute to a more sustainable economy and society, in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Posts pursued their efforts to reduce CO2 emissions despite the disruptions and the increased volumes linked to the COVID-19 pandemic. Posts worldwide show readiness to deliver the additional e-commerce volumes linked to COVID-19 pandemic in the most sustainable way. However, posts worldwide highlight challenges that need to be addressed.
An industry working together
The postal sector initiative is a clear example of an industry working together to exchange best practices and stimulate individual companies to move beyond their initial objectives. Using a common measuring system has also favoured transparency and driven sustainability ambitions.
On this day, leading postal operators call on leaders from other industries to join forces at the sector level and to adopt a common monitoring and measuring system. Postal operators participating in the SMMS initiative are offering to cooperate and share best practice with other industries.
About postal sector sustainability
Ten years ago, postal operators were among the first to launch a sector-wide programme to measure and reduce CO2 emissions through International Post Corporation (IPC) and its Environmental Measurement and Monitoring System (EMMS).
Since then, postal operators have strengthened their environmental ambitions and have increased their sustainability efforts, reaching a reduction of 30% of their CO2 emissions, well ahead of their initial targets. Through the IPC Sustainability Measurement and Management System (SMMS) – which succeeds the EMMS – posts across the world have committed to halving their yearly collective CO2 emissions by 2030 compared to 2019 levels.
To meet this goal, posts will focus mainly on emissions generated by buildings and transportation, which respectively account for 45 and 55% of their total emissions. By 2030, posts collectively aim to have 50% of their fleet as alternative fuel vehicles (against 22% in 2020), of which 25% of electric vehicles (against 16% in 2020) and 75% of their energy consumed, generated from renewable sources (against 33% in 2020).
But sustainability is not only limited to CO2 emissions reductions.
In line with their alignment with the UN Sustainability Development goals, postal commitment also goes beyond CO2 emissions. By 2030, they collectively commit to have 50% of sold packaging reusable, recyclable, or compostable.
The SMMS covers seven categories which relate to five SDGs where posts could have the most positive impact. These include:
- Health and Safety,
- Learning and Development,
- Resource Efficiency,
- Air Quality,
- Circular Economy,
- Sustainable Procurement and
- Climate Change.
The five related SDGs are:
- SDG 8 (Decent work and economic growth),
- SDG 9 (Industry, innovation and infrastructure),
- SDG 11 (Sustainable cities and communities),
- SDG 12 (Responsible consumption and production) and
- SDG 13 (Climate action).
Currently 21 posts from America, Europe, Africa and Asia-Pacific are participating in the IPC SMMS programme.
Main achievements of SMMS
Through this page, you will learn about the main achievements of postal operators collectively and individually. Examples for successful initiatives of postal operators in areas such as alternative vehicles, use of renewable energy, sustainable buildings are available in the case study section.
CTT Portugal Post
"Croatian Post strongly believes in immediate action, and we hope that our example will encourage other businesses in Croatia, as well as our employees, to think and act in a sustainable way. Last year we adopted the Sustainability Management Strategy. Green vehicles, parcel lockers, renewable energy sources and lower energy consumption are just the first steps of our journey towards sustainable logistics. The experiences of other postal operators will be crucial for fast and efficient green transition of Croatian Post, which is the reason we decided to join the IPC's Sustainability Measurement and Management System. The Green Postal Day is an opportunity to recognize many achievements of postal sector in mitigating harmful emissions and to emphasize our determination and commitment to environmental protection."
CEO, Croatian Post
"CTT is very proud to once again join other postal operators worldwide this year to mark the Green Postal Day, an initiative to which we look upon with enormous appreciation, and of which we have been an integral part from the very first moment. For CTT, Sustainability issues are an extremely important matter and one of our top priorities for the future. We are aware that in a Company there are several measures that can be adopted to fight climate change and ensure a more sustainable future. At CTT, our daily work involves adopting increasingly sustainable practices, innovating in products and services, with the basic principle of reducing our carbon footprint. Today we have increasingly demanding and informed consumers, who look at sustainability as a key factor when making decisions and in CTT we are proud to have a wide portfolio that meets these demands."
CEO, CTT Portugal Post
“I find it remarkable the commitment with which postal operators around the world are driving climate protection in their networks and the progress they have made in recent years. Postal and parcel companies keep the economy and society running, and the fact that they are doing so in an increasingly sustainable manner is an important contribution our industry makes to the future of generations to come. As a globally operating company, Deutsche Post DHL Group also sees it as its duty to reduce its footprint and make its supply chains even more environmentally friendly. That's why, for example, our goal is to increase the share of e-vehicles in our last-mile delivery fleet to
60 percent by 2030, to use 30 percent sustainable fuels in long-distance transport, and to shift more and more parcels from road to rail. Today, we already use more than 20,000 electric vehicles and 15,000 e-bikes and e-trikes every day in our postal and parcel network in Germany for CO2-free delivery of letters and parcels.”
CEO, Deutsche Post DHL Group
“Frequent extreme weather conditions in the past weeks as well as the ongoing energy crisis remind the importance of acting rapidly. Postal operators were pioneers in launching a sector approach to address their carbon footprint. They keep on their promises.”
CEO, International Post Corporation
“PostEurop is pleased to participate in the Green Postal Day once again as it gives us an opportunity to lead the way as a sector in an area that is important for both our customers and businesses, in a cooperation with IPC and postal operators. Despite the many challenges we currently face, the determination to make an impact for the Environment is simply courageous” sums Jean-Paul Forceville, Chairman of the PostEurop Board of Directors.”
Chairman of PostEurop Board of Directors, PostEurop